Full-time Artist and Mother, Mica Angela Hendricks, knew it was important to teach her young daughter, Myla, about the values of sharing. It's important to share your toys with other kids at school, it's sometimes nice to share your food with your family and you should always share your ice-cream with Mummy. When it came to Mummy sharing her things though, like a brand spankin' new sketchbook, well that was a different story.
"One day, while my daughter was happily distracted in her own marker drawings, I decided to risk pulling out a new sketchbook I had special ordered. It had dark paper, and was perfect for adding highlights to. I had only drawn a little in it, and was anxious to try it again, but knowing our daughter’s love of art supplies, it meant that if I wasn’t sly enough, I might have to share," Hendricks said.
It was only seconds later that young Myla's attention was drawn to the new, untainted sketchbook and her eye's widened with a craving to doodle. "Can I draw in that too, mama?” The usual adult spiel about this being 'Mummy's special book' didn't cut it for Myla who started schooling her Mum about the consequences of her non-sharing actions.
“If you can’t share, we might have to take it away if you can’t share.”
Damn it. When did kids start to become so damn wise. So, she gave into her youngling and allowed her to finish the portrait that she was currently working on. Little did Hendricks know that this would soon turn into her next niche art series , collaborations with a four-year old.
"And from it all, here are the lessons I learned: to try not to be so rigid. Yes, some things (like my new sketchbook) are sacred, but if you let go of those chains, new and wonderful things can happen. In sharing my artwork and allowing our daughter to be an equal in our collaborations, I helped solidify her confidence, which is way more precious than any doodle I could have done," said Hendricks.
"In her mind, her contributions were as valid as mine (and in truth, they really were). Most importantly, I learned that if you have a preconceived notion of how something should be, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED. Instead, just go with it, just ACCEPT it, because usually something even more wonderful will come out of it."
You can check out some of Hendrick's mother-daughter duo work here or at Society6